Day trip

Tour of Panama City’s Greatest Sites

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Activity provider: Panama Trails
Day trip

Tour of Panama City’s Greatest Sites

Activity provider: Panama Trails

From US$ 195 per person

Enjoy a private tour of the world famous Panama Canal, have a hearty Panamanian lunch with the locals, walk around the Colonial District of Casco Antiguo and enjoy the view from the ancient Cathedral Tower in the ruins of Old Panama.

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Duration 7 hours
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Limited to 7 participants


  • Travel with a private guide to Panama City’s greatest sites
  • See the famous Miraflores Locks and watch as ships are raised and lowered an astonishing 16 meters
  • Enjoy the spectacular views of the Panama City Skyline and Amador Causeway
  • Eat like the locals at a typical Panamanian restaurant along the Amador Causeway
  • Stroll the streets of Casca Antigo at your own pace
  • Visit the Presidential Palace, Old Cathedral and San Jose Cathedral with their ornate and gilded Alters
Full description
You gaze out on the magnificence of one of the marvels of the modern age, watching as ships are raised and lowered through the Miraflores Lock of the Panama Canal. You see the beauty of the Amador Causeway, eating lunch at a local food stand on the side of the road. You wander through the history of the Casco Antiguo. All of this and more is available on this private tour that includes some of the city's most famous sites. The full day tour begins at your hotel, where your own guide greets you and escorts you to your car for a beautiful 30-minute drive to the famous Miraflores Lock. Your arrival here will be timed perfectly to watch as gigantic ships pass through the three locks making up the Panama Canal. Built between 1904-1914, over 14,000 ships pass through these lanes every year, and you will soon see why the Canal has been named one of the seven modern wonders of the world. Your visit here will be completed with a visit to the Museum and Visitor Center at Miraflores, so you can marvel at the masterpiece of engineering you’ve just seen. The journey continues with a stop at the Amador Causeway, with its glorious views over the Canal and the Panama City skyline. This causeway was created from rock extracted during the digging of the Panama Canal and serves as a breakwater for the entrance to the canal. Here you will dine on a typical Panamanian lunch, served in a lovely local restaurant along the causeway. The view will leave you breathless, and you'll enjoy your relaxed lunch drinking in its beauty. After lunch, trek deeper into the history of Panama with a visit to the Casco Antiguo -- Panama City’s colonial quarter. Here, you can step back in time and wonder what it must have been like to stroll around these Colonial Houses during their peak era during the 17th and 18th centuries. Settled in 1519, it was built following the near-total distraction of the original Panama in 1671 by notorious English Buccaneer Henry Morgan. Named in 1997 as a World Heritage Site, the charming streets and impressive churches will astonish you, and you will have plenty of time to stroll through the winding streets that still serve as a monument to the French builders who built the Panama Canal. Here you will also have the chance to explore some of the superb museums, as well as the Old Cathedral with its shiny spires inlaid with mother-of-pearl. In the nearby San Jose Cathedral, gaze at the intricately carved wood Alter, gilded in gold. Your guide will drive you through many corners of this Old City, pointing out the main attractions of this historic quarter. Your day concludes with a pleasant drive back to your hotel.
  • Transportation
  • Bilingual driver/guide (English & Spanish)
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities (optional)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • ● Guides in other languages (German, French, Italian) upon request
  • ● Please wear comfortable shoes and don't forget to bring your camera, sunscreen, a hat and a bottle of water
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 5 reviews

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January 9, 2023

Our (my wife and I) guide Luis was very knowledgeable and pleasant. This, paired with the ambience of the sites, made the tour truly amazing. We spent sufficient time at each site to really bask in its history. For lunch which was included, Luis took us to Niko's Cafe which really capped an amazing day. We definitely recommend.

October 19, 2022

Our guide was knowledgeabl and friendly yet professional. We felt we learned quite a bit about Panama and very much enjoyed the tour. Highly recommend

November 15, 2021

Product ID: 11075